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Pedro Figueiredo

Joined: Apr 05, 2005
Posts: 1
you should of course use a nice light-pink (think diffuse glow) foetus on the cover, plus all of these. something like:

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a b c d e f g

bgp is for those who can't keep it static long enough.
Tapan Verma

Joined: Jun 18, 2005
Posts: 4
F (Green) is my choice!!
The following are the points in her favor:
1. She has a beautiful smile, but its not a big model-like smile, or any enticing kind, but more simple and friendly.
2. Her glasses give her the studious look but in a very pleasant way
3. Her plait is more like something that will be done when people are in busy with studying or programming. Again, it looks very nice.
4. If you look further down, her jeans is kind of torn...again a symbol of real geeky, busy programmers.
5. The green sweater has an official as well as a soothing look.

Overall, people buying computer books will easily relate to her and thereby buying the HeadFirst Objects book.

Gian Franco
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
Posts: 977
No poem or essay, but enjoy this radio play..."Mr. White in trouble"





(TALKING IN SPACESUIT MICROPHONE) Boss, I can hear the GC coming.



(SHOUTING) Stop treating me like an object just because I'm
a model. Beam me up!!

Wait, better idea! (TAPPING ONE KEY ON KEYBOARD) Here's another reference.



Mr. White? (SHOUTING) Mr. White!


(TAPPING KEYS ON KEYBOARD) Editor's log, sysdate 63099. Today, one
of the finest men I ever knew got caught by the garbage collector.
(PAUSING) I'm playing with the thought of putting him on the HF cover.
(PAUSING) Have to put 'buy faster modem' on to do list.
[ January 26, 2006: Message edited by: Gian Franco Casula ]

"Eppur si muove!"
Vasuneet Arya

Joined: Jan 24, 2006
Posts: 1
Go with option B
1. I like girls and girls like pink color. it is the fact that i want to pass most of my time with girls.but then what about my programming skills.So this is the best way.
2. This picture shows that she is in enjoying mood and according to my exp i think to read head first book is enjoyful task ,not a headache.
3. this girl is not look like a teacher but like a friend and i can learn more from my friend,not from teacher.
4. I want to listen more my friend in comparison to teacher.
5. she wears the good combination of black and pink. I think i am best learn with HeadFirst book. So i and head first book is best combination.
Jeff Langr
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Joined: May 14, 2003
Posts: 799
- Women don't like to be objectified, so that rules out B and F.
- Objects don't have facial hair, so that rules out C (a bit o' sideburns there), E, and G.
- That leaves A ("Brown") and D ("White").

D is ok, but Brown is one sharp looking guy who can tell me what objects are about.

Plus, my wife, who knows nothing about objects, also picked Brown.

[ January 24, 2006: Message edited by: Jeff Langr ]

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Surasak Leenapongpanit
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Joined: May 10, 2002
Posts: 341
I vote for D: White.
I think he looks like a very young man.
So the Head First Object is appropriate for the whoever new in object-oriented.
Pauline McNamara

Joined: Jan 19, 2001
Posts: 4012
"Coffee(Java)Freak", welcome to Javaranch! We're glad you made it to the Head First Cover Photo Contest.

You know how the contest has some rules you had to follow? Well...

Javaranch has one big rule: be nice. Javaranch has another little rule, the naming policy - remember, the one you agreed to before you entered the contest? Please change your display name to conform to the famous little rule. You might even improve your chances of winning something in the contest, imagine the possibilities!

Don't let the one-eyed moose fool you. We take the naming policy very seriously.

Good luck!

[edit - Thanks Tapan! Enjoy your time at the ranch. -Pauline]
[ January 25, 2006: Message edited by: Pauline McNamara ]
Tapan Verma

Joined: Jun 18, 2005
Posts: 4
Thank you Pauline for reminding me about the policy. I appreciate the seriousness and because of my respect for the site, I am changing my display name to the right one. Hope this increases my chances of winning something from the contest ;-)

-- Tapan
LuAnn Maz

Joined: Jan 25, 2006
Posts: 4
Looking for Code (In all the wrong places)

I've spent a lifetime lookin' for objects.
Mainframe, Unix and Goto coders were never true.
Playin' procedural games hoping to win.
Missing those deadlines again and again!

I was looking for code in all the wrong places.
Looking for code in so many interfaces.
Searching their lines, reviewing ready traces
of what I'm dreaming of.

Hoping to find a book with a cover,
Head First I had not discovered
another developer, looking for code!

Well, I was alone then, no compiler or API in sight.
And I did everything I could to get Java through the night.
Don't know where if-else started or where it will end.
I turned to Head First, just like an old friend.

I was looking for code in all the wrong places.
Looking for code in many workspaces.
Searching their package, climbing stack traces
its what I'm thinking of.

Hoping to pattern a new design,
I'll welcome the day I cast and assign
another model, looking for code!

Plaid and Grey, you came knockin at my hearts door.
My garbage collecting days are
No more

Lookin for code in all the wrong places.
Looking for code in so many book cases.
Searching their package, defining use cases
of what I'm dreaming of.

Finding a book with you on the cover.
I bless the day I discovered Plaid and Grey looking for code!


***Parody of the tune....Looking for Love (In all the wrong places)
by Johnny Lee from the Movie Urban Cowboy


LuAnn and Bill
[ January 26, 2006: Message edited by: LuAnn Maz ]
Allison Blake

Joined: Jan 25, 2006
Posts: 1
Blue, mellow and cool
Bright, funny, knows his Objects
E's the one to use
uma srini

Joined: Dec 12, 2005
Posts: 2
Me voting for E:Blue..................
Blue looks studious, which makes me to think about studying the book.
Blue looks silent, which gimme a pich of seriousness on the book.
Blue's hands are tied together, which forms a good base to keep the book.So go for
Blue Blue Blue ......................
Pauline McNamara

Joined: Jan 19, 2001
Posts: 4012
Welcome to Javaranch "LuAnn"!

Javaranch has a free "4 Step Program to Credibility" and you've signed up for it.

You've completed Step One - that's when you agreed to use a display name in accordance with the naming policy.

Step Two can be a tough one (believe me, for some it's the hardest). That step is choosing a display name with a first and a last name.

LuAnn, you haven't quite completed Step Two. Please add your last name to your display name "LuAnn".

Step Three is when you post to the ranch with your full display name. (It's our way of saying "Hello, my name is Joe Smith. I have a need to appear credible.")

Step Four is when others converse with you on the ranch. That's their way of saying "Hello Joe Smith. We think you're credible."

And that's it. Credibility in 4 easy steps. One post at a time, we help each other establish credibility by agreeing to do something and then actually doing it. And it's all for free.

Go on, you can do it! Go back and complete Step 2, the tough one. We're just a post away if you need some support.


[edit: Thanks LuAnn! Enjoy your time at the meetings, eh, I mean at the ranch. ]
[ January 26, 2006: Message edited by: Pauline McNamara ]
Gian Franco
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Joined: Dec 16, 2003
Posts: 977
Again no poem or essay, but scene two of the radio play..."Mr. White in trouble"




Mr. Grey, as you know Mr. White recently suffered let's say (PAUSING) an occupational disease.

I missed the details, wasn't he in heap space doing his thing, when...

Maybe YOU can help us out. (PAUSING) We need a face to advertise our newest
product down in heap space.

For the right price, you can treat me like object too.

(TALKING TO HIMSELF) Phew, this guy is an easy one.
(TALKING TO MR.GREY) Very well, no time to waste then. Step in there, and when you arrive just be yourself.

I'm in. But what about the price, shouldn't we...





Boss, this is Dick from teletransportation, I saw you used the
machine. Did you read my mail with new instructions?

Errr, no. I've got a slow modem my mail is being fetched as we speak.

Right. (PAUSING) Boss, where shall I send Mr. Grey's glasses?

(TAPPING KEYS ON KEYBOARD) Editor's log, sysdate 63100.
Mr. Grey on the HF cover (PAUSING) his wife would appreciate that. And
I HAVE to read my to do list.
[ January 28, 2006: Message edited by: Gian Franco Casula ]
a suresh

Joined: Jan 26, 2006
Posts: 1
A:Brown is my choice.
The person(Mr.Brown) reminds me of Denzel Washingtom and Denzel stands for Hollywood and this is to visualize
everthing in terms of objects!!!
Mr.Brown also exudes a cool and confident air, an air of mastery.. and is that not symbolic of what every reader would achieve from the book?
Mr.Brown gives the impression that he puts his head first, his head is above the mundane and thinks big and creative, things fast and forward..
Mr.Brown is a thinker, a path-breaker,a torch-bearer, a leader.. Let him lead everyone in to the world of OO..
to kindle the light of OO to bring alive the Utopia of OO, to spread the UML-mania, ..
Cal Enti

Joined: Jan 27, 2006
Posts: 3
My comments with arguments. Please note that I do not know any of these models and comments are just my reaction to their pose and dress.

A. Brown - OK, not a bad choice but not the best. The pose is a little awkward but I will keep my smart remarks to myself.

B. Pink - No, no, no, no. I own Head First Design Patterns and absolutely love the book but it's hard to get my peers and mgmt interested with such a bimbo-ish cover girl.

C. Plaid - No. The kind of guy who doesn't do any work of his own but is always ready with a snarky comment on yours. Organizes a lot of happy hours that result in design changes.

D. White - OK, I like it. Ready to learn about objects and get some work done.

E. Blue - My 2nd favorite. Knows about objects but wants to learn more and better ways to use them.

F. Green - My favorite, as it sounds like is most others. Cute but not bimboish, very IT girl-chic. Someone who is expanding her knowledge of objects to improve herself.

G. Gray - No no no no no no no never. The page design guy who wants to learn how all y'all make that sweet coin, which would be fine if he really wanted to learn. Will carry book like a suit of armor and add every noun mentioned in the book to his Monster resume. After he's hired, you'll get a new job too: fixing his work and teaching him how to do it correctly.

I would look at these books like a family - people who own HFDP or HFJ are more likely to own this book than people who own HFHTML (although that might just be my bias depending on your target audience). If you lined the HF books up with each other, who would seem like the best fit?

I gotta say white, blue or green and ultimately go with...I originally wrote green, and then I looked at the books myself and want to change my vote. Go with white (if you want the book to appeal to people in a learning mode) or blue (if you want to appeal to people in a skill-enhancement mode).

I don't want a collection of books with all the same kind of people on the cover.

[ January 27, 2006: Message edited by: calenti ]
[ January 27, 2006: Message edited by: calenti ]
Douglas Rowe

Joined: Dec 09, 2003
Posts: 12
I looked 'em all over, I like to win prizes.
I studied the girls and reviewed all the guyzes.

I entered my vote, the right one for your book,
I decided that White, well, he had the right look.

Was confused that he seems to receive so few votes
as I scrolled back and forth through the Ranch forum notes.

Brown looks real smart, though the squats a bad angle,
and Plaid's got that smirk and his greasy hair bangle.

With Pink on the cover, I'll catch evil looks.
From my bride who'll protest I've no interest in books.

Blue, he could work, but a bit too hip-hoppy.
I'm betting his code would look really sloppy.

And Green she looks nice, if a tiny smidge geeky.
I can't endorse Gray 'cause he looks too darn sneaky.

But White, he looks friendly and happy and bright
I'm sure you'll agree that this one's just right.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain
Rick Portugal
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Joined: Dec 17, 2002
Posts: 243
Let�s see... Pink is Ginger. Green is Maryanne. Plaid is Gilligan (hi little buddy!). Gray is the professor (on Quaaludes yes, but the professor nonetheless).

I'm going with Maryanne. Green.

The others were eliminated because they need haircuts. Blasted hippies!

Pauline McNamara

Joined: Jan 19, 2001
Posts: 4012
"calenti", welcome to the Javaranch family!

Please take a minute to change your display name. Javaranch's famous naming policy requires your first name and your last name.

The Be Nice rule and the Display Name rule are pretty much the only rules around here. They're biggies, though, so if you ignore them you risk getting kicked out of the clan. We'd prefer that you stick around.

Vishnu Prakash
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Joined: Nov 15, 2004
Posts: 1026
A girl in the cover makes the book sell better(Why?)
Most of the programmers(that I know & have worked with) are men who are attracted to pretty women
that leaves us to only two choice B ink and F:Green)
As other ranchers have pointed) B ink is gorgeous and coquette which is dangerous(addictive) in work-place.
That tells us who should be on cover.

Why did I choose F:Green

She is the one who is going to be on the cover
Looking back at Head First Covers(in the recent past)
ONLY girls made it to the covers
With her broad forehead she fills the requirement of 'Head' first objective.
With her matured face, professional look, astute smile and sharp eyes she means the book is full of Objects
With her nice green sweater she reminds me to carry my jacket
Hey this the best poem(hoping so) I had written forever.

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Antoine Milan

Joined: Jan 28, 2006
Posts: 1
B is my favorite.
Honey, I call her.
She works like a Bee.
I know she can sting someone she does'nt like,
- all is fair in love and software -
but I'm sure this pretty Brunette will get on well with the charming Blonde of the Design Patterns book.
And with me too !
Burk Hufnagel
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 814
While I like the look of Pink (What can I say, I'm a sucker for long hair and boots.), I've noticed (as an owner of HF Design Patterns) that people seem to wonder whether it's a "serious" book they can actually learn from. Of course, once they open it up they realize that it isn't serious, but they can learn a lot from it. So, I have to (with regret) pass on Pink.

The rest seem OK, but Gray sort of stands out from the group. There's something about his expression that make me think he knows what's up and is willing to share his knowledge - in a fun and interesting way. His posture makes me wonder if there isn't a jet pack on his back, jetting him ahead of the others on the way to Objectville.

The rules say, we need to submit an essay, or a poem. I'm not a poet, but here's my haiku:

Grinning Gray is best
Looking to the challenge
Head First rocket man!
[ January 28, 2006: Message edited by: Burk Hufnagel ]

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Pauline McNamara

Joined: Jan 19, 2001
Posts: 4012
I got this email from someone who calls himself "Blue Guy". Apparently he tried to enter the contest directly, but had a problem with the naming policy. Anyway, here it is...

--- Blue Guy <> wrote:

> Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 13:25:18 +0100
> From: Blue Guy <>
> To:
> Subject: blue guy here, I'm your cover photo
> Hey y'all, it's me, the guy in blue. It's time for me to set you
> straight. I think there's some stuff you should know about some of
> these people...
> But first, let me say that I'm your man. You see, I'm not just a
> pretty face (but you have to admit I am *the* fly guy in this sorry
> group). That photo shoot gig held me over for a couple summers while I
> was in school. Engineering school. That's right, I'm a fly guy and a
> cubicle guy.
> But I was gonna tell you about those other, ehh, faces. You need to
> know the real dirt on them - I'm getting to it, hold on a sec -
> otherwise it could come back at you in 5 years and ruin your good
> reputation. You *do* expect this book to be around in 5 years, right?
> OK, let's start with the ladies, since they seem to be getting so much
> attention. Ms. Pinky B (her actual name, get real!), well, she *is*
> into objects and such, and she's fun for a while - yes, I took her up
> on her offers, you kiddin me?! - but it don't take long to realize
> that the girl is a little single minded. She was waaay into my
> packaging, and had nothing but praise for my encapsulation, and we
> could go on about the big O for hours, but as soon as I started
> talking about access control and decoupling, well, she just couldn't
> *deal*, you know? She lost interest fast - we didn't see her much
> around the photo studio after that.
> We didn't see much of little Miss Green either. She and
> White-Guy-Who-Is-Not-White weren't allowed to be on the shoot for more
> than a couple hours at a time: child labor laws, know what I mean? And
> that's my point. You don't think people really want to learn about
> inheritance from someone who looks like they're 12 years old, do you?
> (They're really 9 and 10, but they lied to get in.)
> Come to think of it, that squatting guy didn't show up in the studio a
> lot either, some kind of intestinal problem. As a matter of fact, they
> had to go to find him and take that picture while he was, well, busy.
> He doesn't look relaxed, does he? He wasn't. I hear he's doing a
> little better now, poor guy.
> That dude with the glasses? You know, I definitely think you should
> save his face for Head First Chemistry, he looooves chemistry. He used
> to go on and on about how popular he was when he was in school because
> of it. Turned out he bragged to the wrong person (the guy in plaid)
> and now he's doing time for dealing ecstasy. Y'all can start working
> on that chemistry book and he'll be outside just in time to make that
> cover.
> Where's that leave you? Right here, *I* am your man. The ladies trust
> me, no doubt about that (just ask Pinky B). You know what? The guys do
> too. They're hanging around my cubicle all the time, wanting to know
> how they can improve their encapsulation. They're begging me to
> explain how using polymorphism gets them into a better position. I
> even help 'em out with the household stuff, like garbage collection.
> That's right - I've made real heros out of some desperate guys. And
> the ladies, well, you know, they *always* stop by afterwards to thank
> me for having such strong design principles...
[ January 29, 2006: Message edited by: Pauline McNamara ]
Eric Gero
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jul 20, 2005
Posts: 73
The girl in pink,
Is the one I think,
That you should have a look.

Forget the rest,
Cause she's the best,
For the cover of your book!

She looks young,
And full of life,
Much like Java is to me.

With her on the cover,
You won't have to wonder,
The book will be a joy to read.

Objects and inner classes, interfaces and the such.
Enough to make your head spin,
If you think of it too much.

So keep the cover light and free,
Show that Java can be fun,
The girl in pink will do that,
Without a doubt, she is the one!!!

Dave Wood
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 02, 2004
Posts: 161

Thanks to everyone who entered the Head First Objects Cover Model Contest!

The deadline for entries came and went ~30 mintutes ago. I believe we have about 75 entries.

Bert, Kathy and I will be meeting for lunch tomorrow to vote on the best entry (and 2nd and 3rd place too!) -- I should have the final results posted sometime tomorrow (Monday) so be sure and check back to find out whose face will be on the book.

Thanks again!


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